Residents and the village team at Millbrook Village, in Exeter, which is operated by later living provider Inspired Villages, celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Day with a week full of activities.
Random Acts of Kindness Day encourages everyone to make kindness the norm and enjoy the positive effects of doing kind acts for others as well as receiving or even witnessing kindness. Inspired Villages decided to extend this celebration to a whole week, starting from Valentine’s Day to help spread joy amongst residents and colleagues during lockdown.
Socially distanced activities at Millbrook included a ‘kindness tree’ with kind messages for others to read, crepes cooked by Millbrook’s French chef to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, a Post-it Note compliment challenge, acts of kindness vouchers and cupcake decorating.
Residents also enjoyed a three course Valentine’s Day lunch delivery to their doorsteps and gift bags including flower petals, hearts and chocolates from the village team.
David and Joan Wicks commented: “Thank you to whoever had the idea of presenting us with a special gift to celebrate this day and to those who made the deliveries in the rain. Truly an act of love and very much appreciated.”
Fellow residents Jean and Robert Mansell added: “Can we just say what a lovely gesture it was to give everyone the little ‘Valentine’s day bag - thank you. On a wet and miserable day in lockdown the gesture really made our day!”
Rachel Tottle, Village Manager at Millbrook, commented: “Inspired Villages is working hard to keep spirits high amongst residents and our village teams, so turning Random Acts of Kindness Day into a week long celebration was the perfect way for everyone to show their appreciation for each other and have some fun. At Inspired Villages our philosophy is centred around looking after residents’ physical, social and mental health and it’s lovely to be able to spread some positivity during this time.”
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